Enitweta Y. Lavergne Named First African American Director of the Evangeline Parish Library (La)

Enitweta Yvonne Lavergne became the first African American Director of the Evangeline Parish Library (Louisiana).  A 2015 graduate of the ALA-APA Library Support Staff Certification (LSSC) program, Lavergne began working at the library in 2008 in the Chataignier branch on a part-time basis.  “This changed my life,” she said. She worked for 32 years in the banking industry in San Diego and retired as Assistant Vice President of Union Bank of San Diego, where she managed the employee loan department. Lavergne commented, “I had no idea I would be starting a new career. I have loved working at the library since day one.”  In October 2011, she became the library’s business manager assisting with staff recruitment, training, and scheduling, while also serving as assistant branch manager. She became interim director of the Evangeline Parish Library in 2019. Last year (January 2020), just before the pandemic hit the U.S., Lavergne officially took over the role of director.

Despite challenges faced due to the pandemic, Lavergne hopes to continue providing programs and services to library patrons. For now, they are adhering to the governor’s mandate and following CDC guidelines. She is glad they do not turn anyone away. “I’m very confident we will get back to normal.”

The ALA-APA LSSC program allows library support staff to learn new knowledge and skills and demonstrate competence in library services. The program is designed to recognize the value and accomplishments of library support staff. To learn more about the program, visit the LSSC home page. You may send questions to lssc@ala.org.

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